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Your child's heart is precious and requires specialized pediatric care. That's why where you take your child matters. As the largest cardiac program in the Southeast and one of the top five largest pediatric heart centers in the nation, the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Heart Center provides exceptional treatment to infants, children and teenagers who have complex heart defects.
We are among the top 10 pediatric cardiac programs, performing the most heart transplants in the country, with higher one-year and three-year survival rates than the national average. The number of patients we see and the excellent outcomes we have mean that our doctors have experience treating many different heart problems within a wide range of patient ages. So, whether you're looking for care for your newborn or your high school senior, our committed team of specialists, advanced technology and compassionate family support services make our Heart Center the right place to take your child's heart.
Our facilities include:
- 32 beds in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), one of the largest dedicated CICUs in the U.S.
- 35-bed, fully equipped Cardiac Acute Care Unit (CACU)
- 3 dedicated cardiac bi-plane catheterization laboratories
- 10-bed catheterization laboratory recovery area
- 3 dedicated cardiac operating room suites near the CICU
Heart Center Highlights
Learn about the nationally ranked Heart Center at Children's
Congenital heart defects affect one percent of newborns born each year. The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Heart Center is one of the largest heart centers in the country, and it is our priority to provide the best care for infants, children and teenagers who have complex heart defects.
Our Fetal Cardiology Program
As the largest fetal cardiology program in the Southeast, we treat more than 2,100 patients each year and work collaboratively with local and regional obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, neonatologists and delivery centers to help make sure each patient receives specialized care for their individual needs. Our team of experts is skilled in caring for the tiniest hearts before and after children are born to help them live healthy lives.
Rynli Receives a New Heart as Children’s Marks its 400th Heart Transplant
Born with dilated cardiomyopathy and adopted from China at just 10 months old, Rynli needed frequent medical attention and, ultimately, a heart transplant for the best chance at a full and healthy life.
Developing 3D-printed heart valves for kids with CHD
Michael Davis, PhD, and his team are developing a valve that will grow with a child and uses their own stem cells to help limit the number of surgeries and medications they will need.
Heart surgeon spotlight: Paul Chai, MD
As a parent and our Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Paul Chai, MD, knows that where you take your child for heart care matters. Learn about Dr. Chai and what makes our Heart Center unique.
The Children’s Heart Center performed its 400th pediatric heart transplant in March 2021.
"We care for some of the sickest and most complicated heart patients. When all other options have failed, we step forward to bring hope to children and their families. 400 times, this program has given children a second chance, and sometimes a third chance, at life.”
- Chad Mao, MD, Medical Director of the Advanced Cardiac Therapies Program
Tour the Heart Center below:
Innovative research and clinical trials at the Heart Center
We use innovative technology and work closely with other heart centers across the country to develop treatments for pediatric heart defects to help our patients live healthy lives.read more
When it comes to your child's heart, you'll go to any length to receive specialized, high-quality care, and in the Atlanta area, you don't have to go far to find it. We're ranked as one of the top pediatric cardiac and cardiology programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
Our team collaborates with other specialists to help your child's specific needs. We work with you through each step of treatment, often from before your child is born through adolescence and into young adulthood. You'll always know what to expect and how to take the best care of your child.
Our specialty heart programs include:
- Aorta and Vascular Program
- Arrhythmia Program
- Cardiomyopathy Program
- Cardiothoracic (CT) Surgery Program
- Fetal Cardiology Program
- Heart Transplant Program
- Preventive Cardiology Program
- Project S.A.V.E.
- Pulmonary Artery Reconstruction Program
- Pulmonary Hypertension Program
- Pulmonary Vein Stenosis (PVS) Program
- Single Ventricle Program
- Transcatheter Closure of Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) in Infants Program
- Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Program
We also offer supportive programs for our heart patients and their families, including:
- Kids at Heart Program: Our Kids at Heart community provides support and resources to families, parents and caregivers of children with congenital heart defects. With more than 900 member families, Kids at Heart offers opportunities to learn from one another about the challenges that come with having a child with heart defects.
- Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program: Our Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program provides critical mental health support to cardiac patients and families, as these patients typically have long periods of hospitalization.
A Spotlight on Our Pediatric Heart Specialties
Heart patient outcomes: by the numbers
We monitor and report our overall cardiac surgical outcomes and volumes to provide the most accurate information to patient families. Our mission is to continually improve and help our heart patients live their best lives.Learn More
What is a congenital heart defect (CHD)?
Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defects that affect the structure of a baby’s heart and the way it works, affecting 1% of newborns each year.
As a top-ranked center for pediatric heart care, we’re experienced with treating all kinds of heart problems in infants and children. We provide comprehensive cardiac services for congenital and acquired heart disease for babies to young adults, as well as prenatal (before birth) diagnostics. Treating more than 48,000 children every year, the Heart Center has gained national recognition for our innovative treatments, leading-edge research and compassionate care.
Heart defects and conditions we evaluate and treat include:
- Atrial septal defect (ASD)
- Chest pain
- Congestive heart failure
- Complex congenital heart disease
- Heart murmur
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
- Long QT syndrome
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Tetralogy of fallot (TOF)
- Transposition of the great arteries (TGA)
- Ventricular septal defect (VSD)
We're Here to Help with Matters of the Heart
With more than 50 pediatric cardiologists in more than 20 locations across the state, our Sibley Heart Center Cardiology clinics provide accessible outpatient care for your child's cardiology needs. During your first appointment, our team will provide a thorough evaluation, including an exam and diagnostic testing, if needed. Our pediatric cardiologists will take time to personally discuss their findings and recommendations.
Our outpatient cardiology clinics have one of the top three largest patient volumes in the country. Every patient receives individualized specialty care. Our outpatient cardiology services were nationally recognized for their level of patient satisfaction with the 2018 NRC Health Award of Overall Provider Rating (adult and pediatric).
How do I make an appointment?
- Complete an appointment form or call 404-256-2593 or 800-542-2233.
What information do I need to bring to my child's first appointment?
- A completed patient form.
- A form of payment—we accept all major credit cards and insurances. Please note that copayments are due upon service.
A hospital reimagined
Children’s is building a new, state-of-the-art campus designed to improve outcomes, help clinicians deliver high-quality care and bring lifesaving research directly to our patients.Learn More
Led by Paul Chai, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Co-Chief of the Children's Heart Center, and William Mahle, MD, Chief of Cardiology and Co-Chief of the Children's Heart Center, our multidisciplinary team includes pediatric cardiologists, pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons, pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists, advanced practice providers, pediatric cardiac nurses, cardiac researchers and family support professionals.
- Paul Chai, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Co-Chief of the Children's Heart Center
- William Mahle, MD, Chief of Cardiology and Co-Chief of the Children's Heart Center
- Paul Chai, MD
- Kirk Kanter, MD
- Joshua Rosenblum, MD, PhD
- Subhadra Shashidharan, MD
- Fawwaz Shaw, MD
- Kimberly Woodall, CPNP
- Melanie McBrayer, CPNP
- William Mahle, MD
- Alaa Aljiffry, MD
- Ian Balfour, MD
- Asaad Beshish, MD
- Holly Bauser-Heaton, MD, PhD
- Wesley Blackwood, MD
- William Border, MD
- Arene Butto, MD
- Brian Cardis, MD
- Nikhil Chanani, MD
- Martha Clabby, MD
- Shanelle Clarke, MD
- Andrew Dodgen, MD
- Matthew Ferguson, MD
- Peter Fischbach, MD
- Michael Fundora, MD
- Alice Hales-Kharazmi, MD
- Brandon Harden, MD
- Susan Hupp, MD
- Glen Iannucci, MD
- Shannon Jones, MD
- Usama Kanaan, MD
- Dennis Kim, MD, PhD
- Lazaros Kochilas, MD
- P. Andrea Kropf, MD
- James Kuo, MD
- Brooke Lewis, MD
- Allen Ligon, MD
- Clifford Wesley Lindsey, MD
- Kevin Maher, MD
- Heather Phelps Maloney, DO
- Chad Mao, MD
- Meghann McKane, MD
- Rachel McKay, MD
- Erik Michelfelder, MD
- Marcos Mills, MD
- James Nelson, MD
- Matthew Oster, MD
- Andrew Porter, MD
- Fred Rodriguez, MD
- Saidie Rodriguez, MD
- Ritu Sachdeva, MD
- Denver Sallee, MD
- Cyrus Samai, MD
- Timothy Slesnick, MD
- Clayton Smith, MD
- Nanci Stauffer, MD
- John Stevens Jr, MD
- Divya Suthar, MD
- Benjamin Toole, MD
- Heather Viamonte, MD
- Neill Videlefsky, MD
- Michelle Wallace, MD
- Timotheus Watson, MD
- Stephanie Wechsler, MD
- Robert Whitehill, MD
- Hunter Wilson, MD
- Michael Wolf, MD